A Quote by Douglas Jerrold on books, good, heaven, motherhood, originality, reading, speech, and wishes

I rarely read any Latin, Greek, German, Italian, sometimes not a French book, in the original, which I can procure in a good version. I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across Charles River when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.

Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 1857)

Source: Books.

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A Quote by Dorothy L. Sayers on beginning, cheerfulness, cosmology, emptiness, mind, originality, people, and questions

The biologist can push it back to the original protist, and the chemist can push it back to the crystal, but none of them touch the real question of why or how the thing began at all. The astronomer goes back untold million of years and ends in gas and emptiness, and then the mathematician sweeps the whole cosmos into unreality and leaves one with mind as the only thing of which we have any immediate apprehension. Cogito ergo sum, ergo omnia esse videntur. All this bother, and we are no further than Descartes. Have you noticed that the astronomers and mathematicians are much the most cheerful people of the lot? I suppose that perpetually contemplating things on so vast a scale makes them feel either that it doesn't matter a hoot anyway, or that anything so large and elaborate must have some sense in it somewhere.

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957)

Source: With R. Eustace, The Documents in the Case, New York: Harper and Row, 1930, p 54.

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A Quote by Dorothy L. Sayers on absence, originality, quotations, and thought

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.

Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 - 1957)

Source: Lord Peter Wimsey, character in ten novels

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A Quote by Des Esseintes on achievement, failure, laziness, nature, originality, plants, thought, and time

It's true, thought Des Esseintes, pursuing his original line of reasoning: most of the time Nature is incapable of producing such twisted, unhealthy species unaided. She provides the basic material, the seed and the soil, the nourishing matrix and the elements of the plant, which man then raises, models, paints and sculpts in his own way. In a few years, man can achieve what Nature, in her laziness, fails to produce over centuries.

Des Esseintes

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A Quote by Peter "Dale" Wimbrow, Sr. on cheating, clarity, danger, day, fatherhood, friendship, judgment, justice, life, mind, motherhood, originality, people, rest, reward, struggle, wives, and world

The Guy in the Glass

by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you King for a day,

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that guy has to say.


For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,

Who judgement upon you must pass.

The feller whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the guy staring back from the glass.


He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest,

For he's with you clear up to the end,

And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.


You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,

And think you're a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you're only a bum

If you can't look him straight in the eye.


You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you've cheated the guy in the glass.

Dale Wimbrow (1895 - 1954)

Source: The Guy in the Glass

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A Quote by D. V. Lindley on autobiography, belief, facts, ideas, knowledge, originality, simplicity, virtue, work, and writers

I believe that almost all important, useful ideas are simple. Peter Whittle has recently put it nicely in an autobiographical essay. "If a piece of work is heavy and complicated then it is wrong." . . . Some writers feel that to express their ideas in simple terms is degrading. Some use complexity to disguise the paucity of their material. In fact, simplicity is a virtue and when, as here, it is both original and useful, it can represent a real advance in knowledge.

D. V. Lindley

Source: "Simplicity", RSS News, April 1995, page 1

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A Quote by Clive Barker on life, originality, violence, and work

Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.

Clive Barker

Source: 'Jihad'

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A Quote by Clement Greenberg on originality, ugliness, and work

All profoundly original work looks ugly at first.

Clement Greenberg (1909 - 1994)

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A Quote by Claude M. Bristol on achievement, discovery, inventions, originality, success, thought, and wealth

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.

Claude M. Bristol

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on colors, desires, enemies, failure, happiness, heart, life, love, men, nature, and originality

Love of colors bewilders the eye and it fails to see right. Love of harmonies bewitches the ear, and it loses its true hearing. Love of perfumes fills the head with dizziness. Love of flavors ruins the taste. Desires unsettle the heart until the original nature runs amok. These five are enemies of true life. Yet these are what men of discernment claim to live for. They are not what I live for. If this is life, then pigeons in a cage have found happiness!

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Quotations from Chuang Tzu, (12:15, p. 118)

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